We are delighted to announce the appointment of Susanne Hambrusch as Director of the CISE Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), effective, August 30, 2010.
Susanne is currently a professor of Computer Sciences at Purdue University. In 1982, she joined the faculty of Purdue and served as the Department Head of the Computer Science department from 2002 to 2007. She has held visiting appointments at the Technical University of Graz, Austria, and the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. She received the Diplom Ingenieur in Computer Science from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Penn State in 1982. Her research interests are in analysis of algorithms, query management in high update database environments, computer science education and parallel and distributed computation. Her more recent activities include serving on the Board of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing research (CRA-W). She currently leads two interdisciplinary projects, "Science Education in Computational Thinking" which focuses on the role of computational thinking and computation in scientific discovery and "Computer Science for Education" whose goal is creating new pathways for undergraduate education majors to become computationally educated secondary teachers. Her research has been supported by NSF, Air Force, ONR, DARPA, and Microsoft.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thanks Dr. Sampath Kannan for his numerous contributions to CISE and the computing community during his two year tenure as CCF Division Director. Sampath will return to the University of Pennsylvania in August 2010.